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Fatal drug epidemic could be a concern due to easy delivery through the mail

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Fargo, ND (WDAY/WDAZ News) - The fatal drug epidemic has a grapple on our community and region, being fueled by drugs delivered right to your mailbox.

You can now get drugs without ever leaving your home and it's a serious concern for families struggling with addiction.

Billions of bills, cards, and gifts are shipped every year, and now a growing number of drugs.

"I think it needs to be stopped at the border, clearly there are a limited number of producers of this chemical and it's coming out of China. Customs, when funded properly, should be able to identify and interdict products before they reach cities like ours," says Brian Harris, a concerned resident.

The postal service does have inspectors, but not many that cost money.

There's only two in Fargo and they're only called in when a package is deemed suspicious or is ripped open and they can see what's inside, otherwise it's hands off.

The biggest problem for postal inspection is our constitution, we're guaranteed a right to privacy and that extends to our mail.

"This is a problem of constant maintenance that you've seen in every big city in America, as long as there is demand for drugs, there is going to be difficult time stopping it," says Harris.

The post office can call in drug sniffing dogs, but only when they think something is suspicious.

"As far as the problem of wanting to acquire drugs, it comes down to why do we want drugs, and then we can assess how we can stop people from getting them instead of stopping people from getting them, stopping them wanting to have them," says Abbi Traaseth, a concerned resident.

Drug producers have even found ways around postal tracking.

Fake return labels, postage paid for with pre-paid cards, there's no lie detector test at the post office.

"It's a bigger issue than the fact that it's going through the post office," says Traaseth.

"This problem isn't going away anytime soon," says Harris.

First class shipping of deadly drugs is becoming a first class problem in all our communities.

If parents are concerned their children or loved ones may be getting drugs shipped home, the post office suggest setting up a P.O. Box.

Jordan Schroeer

Born and rasied in Perham, MN, I have a connection with the area that goes for generations. I know what people in the region care about and will work tirelessly to deliver the news you want and need. After going to Minnesota State University Moorhead for broadcast journalism and political science, I jumped into the news cycle at WDAY. When I'm not obsessing over the latest information, I can be found going out for family karaoke (Dad and I sing a crowd-pleasing "Rawhide"), driving all over town to find garage sales or curb-side "junk" and watching home renovation shows. If you have any story ideas or would just like to chat, let me know and we'll get together for a conversation.